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Graduate Students

First Year

Chris FeltonChris Felton received a BA in Sociology from The College of New Jersey in 2016. He is interested in poverty, crime, residential segregation, racial stratification, and social policy. He is part of the Office of Population Research.


Alexander KindelAlexander Kindel received a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Before coming to Princeton, he worked as a software engineer and research coordinator for Stanford’s digital learning initiatives. His research interests center on the organization of knowledge and the role of knowledge institutions in shaping American political development. Alex is interested in applying computational and historical methods to these areas of inquiry. His ongoing work examines the coevolution of scientific capacity and educational credentialism at research universities in the Cold War era.

Andrew McMartinAndrew McMartin received a BA in Sociology and BS in Biology from the University of Washington in 2015. For his senior thesis, he examined the association between paternal incarceration and adolescent delinquency, with a particular focus on the role of neighborhood social processes. Andrew’s research interests include neighborhood effects, the family, and gene-environment interactions as they relate to health, development, and behavior. He is also a part of the Office of Population Research.

Vance Alan Puchalski earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in social sciences and government from Harvard University via the Extension School and a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University. He has served as managing editor of City & Community, the quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal on behalf of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. His most recent publication focuses on resource exchange networks through which credit invisible and unbanked members of the urban poor meet their financial services needs. 

Vivek NemanaVivek Nemana was a foreign correspondent in India, where he wrote about the country’s changing rural landscape. He is now working on a book about the micro effects of globalization on India’s rural youth. Vivek holds an MA in Economics and a BA in Journalism and Economics, both from New York University. He is interested in labor, masculinity, images and the sociocultural ramifications of global markets.

Shay O'BrienShay O'Brien graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Anthropology (Honors), where she was a research assistant in the Anthropology department and won the prizes for Best Honors Thesis and Highest Achievement in Linguistic Anthropology. She then worked on a large-scale randomized control trial at the social policy research firm MDRC. Shay’s current focus lies at the intersection of economic sociology, social policy, and inequality. She is particularly interested in right-wing and elite economic thought in the U.S.

Fedrose Idris graduated cum laude in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2016 where she was awarded the Woolston Award for Academic Excellence. Her research has included explorations of how law affects socioeconomic status and racial minorities. For her senior thesis she examined the differences between red states and blue states on childhood wellbeing indicators for both blacks and whites. She is interested in studying race and segregation, education, and inequality with a focus on identity formation, bias, and social mobility. She is also affiliated to the Office of Population Research (OPR).

Liam-Ching Larry Liu received an AA in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia (2012), a BA in sociology and economic policy at the University of Pennsylvania (2015) and an MSc in comparative social policy at the University of Oxford (2016). His interest is in economic, political and labor sociology with a focus on technological impacts on workplace changes (undergraduate thesis on technology and professional service work). Other research interests include, among others, the social effects of European austerity policies (book), the role of institutional actors on central European early retirement retrenchment (MSc thesis), Hakka Chinese political leaders in East and Southeast Asia (book), institutions, organizations and the crises and varieties of capitalism.


Second Year

Ulrike BialasUlrike Bialas received her BA and MA in Social Sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, where she also worked as a research assistant at the Urban Sociology department. Besides urban sociology, Ulrike is interested in qualitative methods of social research as well as science and technology studies. She is currently researching visual and forensic age exams and their role in the refugee crisis in Germany.

Colleen CampbellColleen Campbell, prior to entering Princeton as a sociology graduate student, was a public interest attorney representing workers and unions in labor and employment disputes. She received a BA in Urban Studies and Economics from Connecticut College and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. At Princeton she plans to study social inequality, particularly the intersectionality of issues spanning race/ethnicity, immigration, social welfare and health.

Parijat ChakrabartiParijat Chakrabarti graduated with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Sociology and in Economics. For his undergraduate thesis, he examined the rise of San Francisco Bay Area farmers’ markets in relation to burgeoning social movements. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked on a research project at ETH Zürich analyzing network creation, migration, and knowledge transfer in Swiss higher education. He also lived and worked in South America for a time. Parijat’s broad research interests lie at the nexus of social organization and the sociology of culture, specifically in the interactions between culture, knowledge, collective action, institutions, and economic governance.

Jeremy CohenJeremy Cohen earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and international studies from American University in 2012. Before coming to Princeton, he was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, where he contributed research to a forthcoming biography of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and to projects on sovereign debt and financial sanctions. His research interests are primarily in economic sociology, particularly the sociology of finance, financialization, risk, and the governance of markets.

Xinyi DuanXinyi Duan graduated from Princeton in 2010 in Politics, where she studied political economy, game theory, and conducted research on medical tourism in southeast Asia. She was a PhD candidate at the NYU Stern business school's marketing program. She was most recently working in Asia as the director of technology and data for an anti-human trafficking NGO. She is interested in global systemic risk, inequalities in the digital data age, and behavioral decision making.

Hadiya JonesHadiya Jones graduated from Spelman College in 2015 with a BA in English and Sociology. Ultimately, she desires to study how black, middle-class, millennials, who are socialized in predominantly white spaces, navigate their identities. Currently, she explores black women who develop their own web series as a lens to investigate this larger question. Broadly, she plans to focus on cultural sociology, new media, and the intersectionality of race, gender, and class.

Daniela Urbina JulioDaniela Urbina Julio received a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a MA in Applied Quantitative Research from NYU. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree Daniela worked as an education and social policy researcher at Diego Portales University in Chile. For her MA thesis she studied the intergenerational transmission of educational advantage in Mexico with a special focus on gender differences. Daniela is interested in social stratification, demography, education and the family. She is also affiliated to the Office of Population Research (OPR).

Herrissa LamotheHerrissa Lamothe graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology and Government. Her senior thesis, titled “Gestión-ing the State: Community Management of State-Society Interactions in Peru” received the Harvard University Albert M. Fulton Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of Sociology. Prior to Princeton, she worked for a policy research and evaluation firm, where she used mixed and ethnographic methods to facilitate the development of effective social and economic programs. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of rapid global development, cultural and economic sociology, knowledge systems, and the development of mixed methods.

Ian LundbergIan Lundberg received a BA in sociology and statistics from Harvard College in 2015. He is interested in the family as an institution which both shapes and responds to inequality. As an undergraduate, he investigated the effect of motherhood on women’s labor market outcomes and the association between wage improvements and men’s marriage timing. In future projects, Ian plans to continue studying the family, inequality, and social stratification.

John MaldonadoJohn Maldonado earned bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside in 2014. For his senior thesis, he investigated the relationship between overcrowding and violence within California state prisons. In addition, he has conducted research exploring the impact of the Great Recession on higher education in the United States. While at Princeton, he plans to study international migration, immigration law, and nationalism.

Ryan ParsonsRyan Parsons is a Mississippi native with experience living and working in China and the United Kingdom. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked with US ROTC students in Beijing before beginning a graduate program in international development. Ryan holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi. He received a Master of Philosophy degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of Darwin College, the Centre of Development Studies, and the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research. Before Princeton, Ryan worked at the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi.

Sarah ReibsteinSarah Reibstein received a B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Anthropology, and Economics from Northwestern University, where she studied in Ghana for a semester and wrote an honors thesis on the discourse of economic development. She was a research assistant at Foundation Center, where she worked on topics in philanthropy ranging from the arts to clean water. She also co-directs the Post Growth Institute, a collaborative focused on sustainable approaches to global well-being. Her interests include alternative economies, inequality, sociology of culture, organizations, and mixed methods.

Ramina SotoudehRamina Sotoudeh holds a B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy, and Political Science from NYU Abu Dhabi. Her current research looks at the latent underpinnings of cultural phenomena using quantitative methods. She is interested in cultural sociology, statistical methods, institutions, and economic sociology.

Belen UnzuetaBelén Unzueta received a BA in Social Anthropology from Universidad de Chile and a MA in Sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her MA thesis, "Movilidad Escolar y Rendimiento Académico. Evidencias a partir de la prueba SIMCE" received the award for best thesis in the Instituto de Sociología - UC (ISUC) and was conducted with a fellowship from the Consejo Nacional de Educación (CNED). Prior to Princeton, Belén worked as a research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (ICIIS), where she focused on the determinants of indigenous identification and also collaborated in the design of a survey study of intercultural and indigenous relationships. Her research interests include the relationship between the politics of the state, ethnic identity and narratives about the nation, and a more general concern about the definition of ethnicity in Latin America.

Taylor WinfieldTaylor Paige Winfield graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2013, with a major in sociology and a minor in anthropology. After college, she studied Talmudic Law and researched the immersion experience of newly orthodox women. Taylor's research interests include the sociology of religion and culture, inequality, and mixed methodology. For more information, visit her website.

Janet XuJanet Xu received her BA in Sociology and Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. Her senior thesis investigated racial and class differences in child care arrangements. Before coming to Princeton, she worked at NORC at the University of Chicago on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. Janet is interested in demography, immigration, social stratification and spatial inequality, and race/ethnicity. She is also part of the Office of Population Research.

Simone ZhangSimone Zhang holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard College. Before coming to Princeton, Simone conducted research on neighborhoods, K-12 education, and affordable housing at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She also contributed to an evaluation of the World Bank's investments in higher education in developing countries. Simone is interested in social stratification, organizational behavior, education, and cities.

Third Year

Clark Bernier received his BA from Knox College in 2002, with a major in Political Economy and earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland in 2004, with a focus on energy policy. He spent several years doing energy policy research before co-founding a software company San Francisco tech industry. Studying social theory in his spare time, he became interested in the roles that quantification and software play in organizations and in coordination more broadly.

Jessamin BirdsallJessamin Birdsall is in the joint degree program in Sociology in Social Policy. After receiving her BA in Sociology from Harvard, Jessamin spent several years working in the international development sector, based in Delhi and in London. Her research interests include religion, ethnicity, migration, and inequality, with regional interests in the United Kingdom and South Asia.

Megan BlanchardMegan M. Blanchard received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with high honors in Sociology. After graduating, she worked at Mathematica Policy Research as a research assistant and statistical software programmer primarily in education, health, and early childhood policy topic areas. Her research interests include neighborhood inequality, police brutality, race and segregation.

Kyle Chan received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the role of the state in development, particularly in the provision of public goods such as infrastructure. Currently, he is conducting fieldwork on China’s bullet train program with a focus on understanding the organizational and ideological factors that produced the world’s largest high-speed railway network in less than a decade.


Liora O'Donnell Goldensher graduated from Smith College in 2010 with majors in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. After college, she worked as a labor and faith-based community organizer in Massachusetts and California, participating in campaigns around issues such as progressive taxation and worker protection in the care industry. Her interests include gender and sexuality and social movements.

Gozde Guran is interested in economic valuation, pricing, and money, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her areas of interest include economic sociology, historical sociology, and science and technology studies. Specifically, her research examines how money is priced in a variety of empirical settings, including informal money transfer systems, black market transactions, and the global market for collectible (dead) monies. She holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies at New York University and a BA in Political Science from Bogazici University, Istanbul.

Kalyani Monteiro JayasankarKalyani Monteiro Jayasankar received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College. Her previous research has focused on structural violence and the redevelopment of informal settlements. She is interested in urban restructuring, community organizing, and climate change in Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro.

Rebecca JohnsonRebecca Johnson received a B.A. studying psychology (honors) with a minor in economics, and an M.A. in modern religious thought, ethics, and philosophy, each from Stanford University. Before coming to Princeton, she was a research fellow at the National Institute of Health’s Department of Bioethics. Previous research focused on cultural notions of what activities should count as paid work, ethical and historical aspects of psychiatric classification, and the effect of disease-specific advocacy groups on health inequalities. Her broad research interests while at Princeton include organizations, knowledge/medicine, and economic sociology. (web page)

Leah ReismanLeah Reisman graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Anthropology in 2011. Before coming to Princeton in 2014 she worked as a researcher in the museum field, most recently on the staff of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. In graduate school she is interested in pursuing work in the sociology of culture and organizational ethnography, with applications to cultural policy. Her specific interests include cultural organizations, evaluation, and philanthropy in the United States and Mexico.

Grace TienGrace Tien received a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Economics in 2012. Her senior thesis was a study of China’s Boss Christians – Christian entrepreneurs whose economic success and geographic concentration has yielded them substantial autonomy – and their distinctive business practices, focusing on the synthesis of Confucian and Christian influences on business practices and management. After working as a corps member in Baltimore with Teach for America, she came to Princeton where she has served as a research assistant in the Center for the Study of Religion. At Princeton, she plans to pursue research in sociology of religion and culture and examine how these intersect with politics, business, and development in the context of China.

Hannah WaightHannah Waight received an MA (2014) and BA (2010) in East Asian Studies, both from Harvard University. She is broadly interested in inequality, historical sociology, and the sociology of knowledge.

Fourth Year

Amanda Cheong graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Her research interests include the human rights crisis of statelessness, nation-building, migration, and race/ethnicity. Prior to coming to Princeton, Amanda worked with stateless and undocumented communities in Malaysia as part of a local child rights legal advocacy organization. She received a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Award for Statelessness Research for her undergraduate thesis on the civic attitudes of stateless Chinese-Bruneian immigrants.

Sharon Cornelissen received her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Utrecht (the Netherlands) and her M.A. in Sociology at the New School for Social Research. During her Master’s she did participant-observation fieldwork with dumpster divers in New York City. Her areas of interest include ethnography, inequality, consumption and the sociology of culture. View Website

Leah Gillion received her MA in Math Education from the University of Rochester and her BS in economics from Florida A&M University.  For the past seven years, she has taught mathematics in urban city school districts.  Her teaching experiences have influenced her research interest in the sociology of education.  More specifically, her interests include education inequality, race and ethnicity, and public policy.

Samantha Jaroszewski graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a BA in Sociology with honors and distinction and minors in Women’s Studies and the Study of Christianity and Culture. While at UNC, Sam worked as a research assistant in sociology, a demography trainee at the Carolina Population Center, and a tutor at the Writing Center. Her research interests include social theory, gender, and religion.

Andrés Lajous, Master’s in City Planning (MIT); BA Political Science and International Relations. (CIDE, México City). Before coming to Princeton, Andrés worked as a journalist and editor in Mexico. His main areas of interest are political sociology and urban studies. He is particularly interested in state-formation, institutions and intuitional capacity, violence, and Latin America. 

Andrew Ledford has an undergraduate degree in Ocean Engineering with a minor in Spanish as well as a master's degree in International Relations. His focus will be on Iranian Studies and Social Network Analysis. He has a working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic and is currently learning Persian.  In addition to spending time with his wife and four children, he enjoys surfing, skydiving, and dog training.

Joel Mittleman (SOC) received a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College in 2009.  After graduation, he worked for two years as a research assistant in the Urban Institute's Education Policy Center.  As a Marshall Scholar, he studied Comparative Education at London's Institute of Education and Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics.  He is interested in stratification, sociology of education, sociology of the family, and organizational theory.  For more information, visit his website.

Sophie Moullin is in the joint program in Sociology and Social Policy with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received a B.A. in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University, where she was a US-UK Fulbright Scholar. Between 2008 and 2010, Sophie was a Senior Policy Advisor in social policy in the UK Prime Minister's strategy unit. A member of Princeton’s Office of Population Research, she is primarily interested in inequality, social mobility, demography, and child and family wellbeing. 

Nicole Pangborn earned a BA in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and an MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her MPhil thesis used the frequencies of certain food- and eating-related terms in 38 million Twitter posts to detect regional obesity trends in the continental United States. After graduation, Nicole continued to analyze Twitter data while working for social search engine Topsy in San Francisco. Her broad areas of interest include web-based social research and spatial patterns of health-related ideologies. (website)

Emilce Santana received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania (2013).  As an undergrad, she has done qualitative work exploring the life goals of Mexican immigrant families in new destination areas. For Emilce’s senior thesis, she used a quantitative approach to examine how the teacher-student relationship relates to the educational outcomes of children of Latino immigrants. Her research interests broadly include immigration, social stratification and race/ethnicity.

David Schwartz graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and Government. His undergraduate honors thesis investigated the impact of foreclosure on neighborhood life in the Sun Belt. While attending Hamilton, David worked on survey development at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and studied refugee networks in Utica, New York. His research interests include neighborhood effects, suburban development, urban institutions, and survey methodology.

Martin Sybblis, B.A., University of Connecticut; M.P.P., Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School; J.D., University of Michigan Law School.  Martin was a corporate lawyer in Boston, MA and a local government lawyer in Miami, FL before he began his graduate studies at Princeton.  He also served as a consultant to the World Bank and a law clerk to the Hon. Marcia G. Cooke in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Martin is a member of the Massachusetts, Florida and Washington, DC. bars. His research interests include the sociology of development, political sociology and sociology of law.  

Mélanie Terrasse graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College in 2013. Her senior thesis examined the portrayal of ethnic minority characters in popular French films. Her research interests include comparative and historical sociology, race and ethnic relations, immigration and national identity. 

Jason Windawi received a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and an M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University. His work experience before beginning graduate studies at Princeton included consulting to pension funds and investment managers. Jason’s academic interests include risk, complexity and governance in economic institutions, as well as economic and organizational sociology more broadly.

Han Zhang, B.S., Computer Science and B.A., History (Minor), Peking University (2013). Han's board research interests include social networks, computational social science, quantitative methods, and historical sociology. He conducted a computational-model based study of relative deprivation, showing that, under certain assumptions, feelings about inequality may vary (given constant real levels of inequality) based on the relationship between the number of friends one has, the number of friends one’s friends have, and the correlation between number of friends and own income. He also hopes to explore methods of doing social science research with online data. For more information, you can visit his webpage.

Fifth Year

Cheng Cheng graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a BA in Sociology with Concentration in Analysis and Research. Her areas of interest include aging, demography, and family sociology. Her senior honors thesis examined the interactive effects of retirement and children on the mental health of older Americans. While at UW-Madison, she worked as a research assistant in Wisconsin’s Applied Population Lab and for the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study. Cheng is also part of the Office of Population Research.

Angela Dixon received a B.S. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011). Prior to coming to Princeton in fall 2012, she lived in 11 countries as a volunteer with local organizations. Her experiences in a variety of cross-national contexts (including Singapore, England, Tanzania, and Mexico) have prompted a strong interest in the cultural construction of race and its implications for social and economic mobility for people of African descent. Her research interests include race/ethnicity, sociology of education, and social stratification.

Heba Gowayed is a doctoral candidate whose research examines how Syrian refugees make new lives in countries of resettlement including the United States, Canada and Italy. Prior to beginning her doctoral work at Princeton, she was a researcher on a poverty alleviation project in Cairo. Heba has a BA from the American University in Cairo, and an MA from Columbia. View Website

Sarah James graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology and a Minor in Business. Her research interests include education, demography, and family, and she is also a part of the Office of Population Research. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined attitudes toward undocumented immigration policies among residents of Houston, Texas. While at Rice, Sarah was also a part of the NSF-funded Perceptions of Women Academic Scientists study and Religion and Public Life Program.

Allison Kenney, B.A. Public Policy Studies and German Languages & Literature, Duke University. Following her undergraduate degree, Allison spent one year in Essen, Germany as a Fulbright Fellow and then three years in Chicago, Illinois working for the Distributed Leadership Study at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Her research interests include sociology of education, organizational studies, and leadership. 

Sophia Li received B.A.s in economics (with honors) and statistics from the University of Chicago. After graduating, she conducted research in China supported by a Fulbright research fellowship, and more recently at Harvard's Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab. Her research interests include financial regulation, economic sociology, organizations, sociology of knowledge, and computational methods.

Jean Nava earned B.A.'s in Sociology, Economics, and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. His Honors thesis explored the impact emigration has had on population structure in Mexico on a state and regional level by examining census data and providing a brief historical analysis of Mexico-to-U.S. migration. His research interests include political economy, economic sociology, neoliberalism and globalization, the international flow of labor, and macroeconomic processes in general.

Kendall Park, B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Kendall’s worked as in a Neuroscience and Psychology lab. Her honors thesis examined gendered images of mental illness in the media. After graduation, her work focused on cultural institutions and policy. Her current research interests include economic sociology, consumer studies, and the sociology of culture. More specifically, her dissertation traces the evolution of ethical consumption.

Sixth Year

Cary Beckwith comes to sociology with a background in publishing, community organizing, and waiting tables.  As a graduate student he is interested broadly in the sociology of markets, culture, and knowledge.  He is particularly interested in how people negotiate the market's influence on areas of life considered off-limits to the market.  He has a B.A. in philosophy from Amherst College.

Linsey Edwards, MA Sociology of Education (New York University); BA Journalism (University of Maryland, College Park). Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Linsey worked as an education researcher at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education while a graduate student at NYU, and most recently at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College. She has also spent several years in K-12 education and college access programming in New York City. Linsey’s research interests are in education, social inequality, race/ethnicity, gender, and neighborhoods/residential segregation.

Glenn Harrison, B.A. Sociology, Reed College. Glenn's main interests lie in the intersection of sociology of culture, economic sociology and network analysis. His previous research examined the network of collaborations between popular music artists, with results suggesting that more collaborative artists experienced higher rates of success than their noncollaborative peers.

Heather Kugelmass earned an M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (Columbia University) and a B.A. in Psychology (Stony Brook University). Heather’s areas of interest include social inequality, health, education, and experimental methods. Through field experiments, her dissertation explores racial and class disparities in access to mental health care. Previously, Heather was a program manager in postsecondary education assessment.

Melanie Wright, B.A. in Public Policy and Theater Studies, Duke University. Melanie's research interests include the causes of the achievement gap during early childhood, particularly from a family neighborhood perspective. She is also interested in the government's role in mitigating inequalities among children. Before graduate school, she worked as a research assistant on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Project and researched social capital among disadvantaged single mothers.

Seventh Year & Over

Elizabeth S DericksonElizabeth S Derickson, BA Psychology and Public Policy (Swarthmore College). Her research interests include urban and suburban sociology, inequality, social policy, socio-spatial relations, and culture. Her work includes studies of neighborhood gentrification in New York City, suburban affordable housing development, the social organization of urban small business, and the culture of play in city parks.

Karen Muth FraleyKaren Muth Fraley received a B.A. in Sociology and International Studies from Northwestern University in 2007. After graduating, she taught English in Russia for a year before receiving a Fulbright grant to do research in Armenia about the families of labor migrants. Her current research interests include international migration (particularly in the former USSR), social networks, and the intersection between xenophobia, race, ethnicity, and nationalism.

Denia GarciaDenia Garcia, B.A. Sociology and Psychology (Northwestern University). Denia's interests include race/ethnicity, culture and non-profit and ethnic organizations. Her previous research was a qualitative study of status differentiation among youth in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Before starting her graduate studies at Princeton, Denia worked at a non-profit legal assistance agency in Chicago.

Sergio Galaz GarcíaSergio Galaz García, BA Political Science and International Relations (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City). Sergio’s senior thesis use statistical methods to explore the dynamics of conflict between informal economies and the local government in Mexico City. Prior to entering graduate school, Sergio worked to introduce Budgeting for Results techniques as an internal consultant in the Mexico City Government. His interests include sociology of culture, sociology of space, and political sociology.

James GibbonJames Gibbon, BA Wheaton College. James' main interests include religion, migration and the Near East, with special emphasis on the role of Islam in modern Turkey and the experiences of Muslim immigrants in the U.S. Before attending Princeton, James spent three years in Istanbul, initially working as the finance manager for a disaster relief project and later teaching English as a foreign language.

Angelina GrigoryevaAngelina Grigoryeva graduated with a BA in Sociology from the State University-Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) in 2010. Her broad interests include economic sociology, social inequlity, and quantitative methods.


Sarah Kaiksow is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and a Graduate Associate in the Law and Public Affairs program at Princeton University. Her research interests include women and gender studies, Middle Eastern studies, Islamic and international law, and political sociology. Her dissertation is supported by a National Science Foundation grant. Alongside her academic work, Sarah has worked with local NGOs in the Middle East to provide start-up and development support, and has served as a Technical Committee member reviewing grants from the Arab States for the UN WOMEN's Fund for Gender Equality. She holds a Masters in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Oxford (Balliol College), a Masters in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and a Bachelors in Sociology and Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kathryn Li, B.A. Sociology (Rice University). Kati's research interests include religion, health, and family. She is particularly interested in examining how medicalization has shaped the professionalization of the mental health field. Her past research has focused on public attitudes towards Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and on factors that encourage father engagement.

Scott MoskowitzScott Moskowitz is interested in the way culture, politics and economics converge to shape identities in the developing world. Currently he is working on the  formation of class identities in the People's Republic of China. Before coming to Princeton he spent several years in Beijing working as an English teacher, journalist and general raconteur. He spent an additional year in Shanghai on a research fellowship after earning an MA in East Asian studies from Yale. He enjoys baking  and hanging out at IKEAs around the world.

Arum ParkArum Park, BA and MA in Sociology, Seoul National University. Arum's research interests are focused on the issues of information society including internet community, internet addiction, information policy and digital divide. For her master's thesis, she researched the impact of commercial factors on the trust of internet communities. Prior to entering doctorate program, she worked as an intern at the Internet Addiction Prevention Center in Seoul, Korea.

David ReineckeDavid Reinecke, B.A. and M.A. in History and Sociology of Science (University of Pennsylvania). David’s research interests include science studies, information technologies, economic sociology, and the sociology of culture. His past work has examined the challenge of open-source hardware, how to conduct a laptop orchestra, and the market for vintage music equipment. He recently co-taught a class at Penn on the history of science fiction—nerdy perhaps, but oh so fun... (web site)